Here at Penwortham Girls High School we have been taking part in Safer Internet Day. Each year there is a theme for the day; this year’s theme is, ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’
The students have had assemblies delivered to them to make them think about the internet and how they use it and whether they use it safely. They have also been encouraged to talk to friends, parents/carers about what they do online. We’ve challenged them to talk about the internet, we have given them suggestions about what they can talk about, here are just a few:
We feel it is important that the students actively have conversations and be open about what they are doing and seeing online. As a parent/carer we have some advice as to how you can support and encourage these conversations:
Make space for regular conversations about life online
Talk openly and frequently about what you are doing online and encourage your child to do the same. Talk about the positive experiences you can have online, share what you have done when you have come across content you did not want to, and how you dealt with the situation.
Make space for enjoying and exploring the online world together!
Play games, watch videos, and express an interest in your child’s online life. Celebrate all the opportunities that technology has to offer, and show them what a great space the internet can be when used responsibly.
Make space for working as a family to agree expectations for going online
Talk to your family about the role technology plays in your lives. Establish rules and expectations that encourage meaningful use of technology, in the same way you set boundaries in other areas of your children’s lives. It’s important to review these regularly and adapt them for each member of your family.
Make space for learning about the apps, games and websites your child is using
There are lots of tools and guides to support you with keeping your child safe on whatever apps, games and websites they are using. Research age ratings, privacy settings, and safety features (like the block and report button) so that you are best placed to help your child should anything go wrong.
Make space for supporting and reassuring your child if things go wrong
Remind your child they can talk to you about anything. If something goes wrong, listen and respond with reassurance and kindness and stay calm. Work with your child to find solutions to the problem, perhaps by using the block and report tools or seeking advice from us at PGHS.